Wilburt (Bill) H. Hinton II, P.E., F.ASCE, retired after a 42-year career in engineering and construction and now a consultant and arbitrator, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Hinton was an officer with the Navy Seabees in Vietnam, then served 23 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Captain in 1992. After his active duty he worked for the Ken R. White Company in Denver, now U.R.S., where he eventually became chief bridge engineer. From there he went to Centric Corporation, where he rose to vice president and worked on bridges, power plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, mining facilities, schools, hotels, and office and high-rise buildings.
In 1985 he helped start Nucon Construction Corp., which later joined with J. A. Jones Construction Company to form Centric-Jones Constructors, where he was managing general partner. He then headed up PCL Civil Constructors’ U.S. Heavy Civil operations until he joined SEMA Construction in 2001 as its president.
Hinton was made a Life Member of ASCE in 2007, and serves on the ASCE Construction Institute Claim Avoidance and Resolution Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and was Region 1 President for 2017. He is on the DRB member candidate lists in Colorado, California, Washington, Nevada, and Michigan.
On retiring from SEMA, he began doing construction consulting, arbitration for the American Arbitration Association, and has served on over 30 DRBs, mostly as chair. His activity in the Colorado Contractors Association, both chairing and serving on the Legislative Committee and numerous CCA/CDOT Task Forces, has seen him honored as a “Construction Pioneer.” Additionally, after years of service in several Rocky Mountain Chapter positions, including that of president, Hinton was national vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors in 1994 and 1995.
He received his degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado in 1964 and followed that with an MBA in 1974. He received his Professional Engineer license in California in 1968 and is still registered in Colorado.